A pond fountain head is a decorative and functional feature that adds beauty and enhances the health of your pond by increasing oxygen levels and promoting water circulation. Making your own fountain head is a cost-effective way to add a personal touch to your pond. In this article, we'll guide you through the process of creating a DIY pond fountain head.
Materials and Tools
Before starting, gather the necessary materials and tools:
- Submersible pond pump
- PVC pipe
- PVC pipe fittings (elbows, tees, reducers, etc.)
- PVC pipe cement
- Fountain head nozzle or attachment (optional)
- Drill and drill bits
- Hacksaw or PVC pipe cutter
- Measuring tape
- Teflon tape
- Hose clamps
Step 1: Choose a Submersible Pond Pump
Select a submersible pond pump suitable for your pond size and desired fountain height. Pay attention to the pump's flow rate (measured in gallons per hour) and the maximum head height, which indicates the highest point the pump can push water. For a higher fountain, choose a pump with a higher head height.
Step 2: Measure and Cut the PVC Pipe
Measure the height of your desired fountain and cut a piece of PVC pipe to that length using a hacksaw or PVC pipe cutter. This will serve as the vertical riser for your fountain. Also, cut additional PVC pipe pieces to create the desired pattern or design for your fountain head.
Step 3: Assemble the PVC Pipe Structure
Use PVC pipe fittings (elbows, tees, reducers, etc.) to create your desired fountain head design. Dry-fit the PVC pipe pieces and fittings together to ensure they align correctly. When you're satisfied with the design, use PVC pipe cement to secure the connections. Be sure to follow the cement manufacturer's instructions for proper curing time.
Step 4: Drill Holes for Water Flow
Using a drill and appropriate-sized drill bits, create holes in the PVC pipe where you want the water to flow out. The size and number of holes will determine the fountain's spray pattern. You can create a simple or intricate design based on your preference.
Step 5: Attach the Fountain Head Nozzle (Optional)
If you've chosen to use a fountain head nozzle or attachment, connect it to the top of the vertical riser using Teflon tape and a hose clamp to ensure a secure, leak-free connection.
Step 6: Connect the Pump to the Fountain Head
Attach the outlet of the submersible pond pump to the base of the vertical riser. Use a flexible hose, Teflon tape, and hose clamps to ensure a tight, leak-free connection. If necessary, use a PVC reducer fitting to match the size of the pump outlet to the PVC pipe.
Step 7: Install the Fountain Head in Your Pond
Place the submersible pond pump at the bottom of your pond, ensuring it's on a level surface and clear of debris. Adjust the vertical riser so that the fountain head is above the water's surface. You may need to secure the fountain head to prevent it from tipping over. Turn on the pump and enjoy your new DIY pond fountain head!
Creating a DIY pond fountain head is an enjoyable project that adds beauty and functionality to your pond. By following these steps and using your creativity, you can design and install a custom fountain head that enhances the health and appearance of your pond.